- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

WASHBURN, Wis. (AP) - Officials say four campers were hurt when thunderstorms packing strong winds ripped through northwestern Wisconsin.

The Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office says the campers were at Birch Grove Campground in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest when the storms hit early Thursday. The four were taken by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say it took rescue crews many hours to clear roads to get help to the campers along with others in the national forest.

The U.S. Forest Service says the Washburn Ranger District sustained heavy tree damage. Forest Service personnel are working with saw teams and heavy equipment to get access to recreation areas.

National Forest roads, trails and developed recreation sites north of Highway 2 are closed until further notice, because of heavy damage and safety risk to the public.

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